"In this select circle, we find pleasure and charm in the illustrious company of our contemporaries and take the keenest delight in exalting our friendships."
- Emil Gumpert, Chancellor and Founder
Seeing Results of Efforts 
College Selects 2017 Emil Gumpert Award, Continues Push of White Paper
Dear Fellow:

One of the benefits of traveling as President is to see, in person, the tangible ways the College remains true to its mission. Every year, the Foundation, guided by the Emil Gumpert Award Committee, awards an organization with a check of $100,000. In mid-May, I was in San Francisco to formally present the 2017 Emil Gumpert Award to the Immigrant Post-Conviction Relief Project at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). The ILRC was selected from a pool of more than 30 applicants. This organization aligns with our mission by helping immigrant individuals and families with the legal hurdles they face due to unconstitutional criminal convictions. The gratitude shown me by this group of committed people was inspiring. ILRC joins other Gumpert Award winners including the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles); Extra-Judicial Measures Pilot Project of Peacebuilders International (Canada); Human Trafficking Courts Project of New York’s Urban Justice Center, and the Miller Resentencing Project of the Florida State University College of Law Children in Prison Project.  

We continue pushing the promulgation of the White Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations. We first made sure that the paper was sent to several different university and college General Counsels. We were advised that the best way to get this into the hands of decision makers at these institutions was to have it placed on the website that is used extensively by university and college General Counsel—we did that. Regent Liz Mulvey then volunteered to write an article about the paper which was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Task Force Chair Pam Mackey gave an interview to the ABA Journal. Liz and Past President Mike Smith have met with the editorial board of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. I appeared at Georgetown University to speak on a panel to a large group of educational writers about this topic.The paper has been mentioned or reviewed in at least twenty other media outlets. This is a controversial topic, and we have not been without our detractors. Twenty Fellows from Washington State wrote a letter of objection to us recommending a clear and convincing evidence standard. I wrote to those Fellows and had the kind of exchange with them that you would expect of Fellows.There was disagreement and collegiality within the same discussion. This paper represents what the College can do to help all parties in a difficult legal issue. We hope that the paper will be a roadmap that helps establish the basics of a fair disciplinary system.   

We are excited to return to Montréal for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The last time the College met in Montréal was in 2003. President-Elect Sam Franklin has planned an exciting lineup of distinguished speakers. I have been promised that the new website, where you will be able to register online for the meeting, will be up and running by June 15. I encourage you to register online as soon as registration opens. It will be a memorable meeting.

My travels on behalf of the College have taken me from East to West Coast as well as in between. I have been to Los Angeles and Michigan (in the same weekend) then on to Connecticut, San Francisco and West Virginia. I am pleased that the eBulletin continues to share the stories of our Fellows doing good work and sustaining our fellowship.

Thanks to all,
Bartholomew J. Dalton
Change of Address for National Office
As of May 16, 2017, the National Office has a new address. Please note the new address: 1300 Dove Street, Suite 150 Newport Beach, CA 92660. Please use this address for all billing and correspondence. Phone, fax and email remain the same. To keep up with the College on social media, follow the College on  Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, @actl.
New Foundation Trustees Begin In July  
As of July 1, 2017, the Foundation Board of Trustees has a new roster.  Here is the new slate of officers and Trustees.   
Charles H. Dick, Jr.    
San Diego, California

James L. Eisenbrandt 
Prairie Village, Kansas

Joan A. Lukey            
Boston, Massachusetts

Robert L. Byman       
Chicago, Illinois

Cheryl A. Bush          
Troy, Michigan

David J. Hensler        
Washington, District of Columbia

Patricia D.S. (Trisha) Jackson            
Ottawa, Ontario
Christy D. Jones         
Ridgeland, Mississippi

David R. Kott            
Newark, New Jersey

Eugene K. Pettis        
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

John S. Siffert            
New York, New York

Thomas H. Tongue     
Portland, Oregon

Francis M. Wikstrom 
Salt Lake City, Utah
2017 Emil Gumpert Award Winner Selected

The 2017 Emil Gumpert Award has been given to the Immigrant Post-Conviction Relief Project at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco. The project serves immigrants facing deportation because of unconstitutional criminal convictions. The check was presented at a May ceremony, and a representative of the organization will address the Fellows at the Annual Meeting in Montréal.  
Take Action: Donate to the Power of An Hour Campaign
The Foundation’s Power of an Hour campaign this year has been a resounding success.  Fellows across the United States and Canada are responding to the call to contribute the equivalent of one billable hour.  Please join them and make your contribution today by visiting the College’s website at actl.com and clicking ‘Donate’ at the top of the page.

The Foundation accepts applications from College committees and organizations requesting funding for proposed projects that are consistent with the College's objectives. The Foundation's Trustees welcome project proposals with potential to leverage its investments through model programs capable of replication in other jurisdictions. The application must be completed and submitted to nationaloffice@actl.com. Click here to download the application.

If a State or Province Committee is interested in hosting a CLE program for public service lawyers, the Foundation can provide a grant of up to $2,000 without a formal application. A Chair should provide basic details and the amount needed in an inquiry to the National Office, nationaloffice@actl.com.  
Committees Offer Fellows Opportunity to Serve
Each summer, the President and President-Elect appoint members to the College's committees. General committees each have a specific mandate that guides their work, while state and province committees focus on local outreach and the nomination of new Fellows. The work of the committees is the backbone of the College. If you are interested in serving on one of the College's 34 general committees and 61 state and province committees, please contact National Office, nationaloffice@actl.com. A list of committees and their mandates is available on the College website.
New Regent for Region 3
John J.L. Hunter, Q.C. recently resigned as Regent of Region 3 upon his appointment to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia.  Upon recommendation from the Regents Nominating Committee, the Board of Regents unanimously approved Mona T. Duckett, Q.C. of Edmonton, Alberta to take on the role as Regent for Region 3 until this fall when she is expected to be nominated to serve a full, four-year term.
Region 12 Presents First Trial Skills Program
With the help of many, many Fellows, the experimental First Region Twelve Trial Skills Workshop on Opening Statements at Suffolk Law School exceeded expectations by selling out. The one-day program had 147 participants for the small group workshops, with 160 participants for the large group demonstrations. Forty-five volunteer coaches from Region Twelve Fellows, some from as far away as Puerto Rico, were on hand for the small group workshops. The program included 4 presenters, 2 discussion facilitators and 3 judges all drawn from Fellows. Co-sponsorship and participation included members from the Atlantic Provinces, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island.The program was approved for CLE credit in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. A number of donations to the Foundation allowed the price for the event to be at a low, affordable cost, which resulted in providing more than 70 full and partial scholarships, and covered related expenditures for the event. Leading up to the event, the program had weekly full or partial publicity for two months with program partners, the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, publications that reach almost 25,000 lawyers each week. Distant traveler awards go to: Fellow Maria Dominguez from Puerto Rico; attendee Michael Blades of Nova Scotia; Fellow Paul Mark Sandler of Maryland and Fellow Pam Mackey of Colorado. Early feedback from participants includes many responses such as, "This was a great way for young attorneys to get an opportunity to practice trial skills [an opportunity], which is disappearing" and "Wonderful program. Please do this again." Plans are already in the works for next year's program.
Arizona Fellows Hold CLE and Meeting, Launch New Chapter Website
On April 28, 2017, the Arizona Fellows sponsored a day-long CLE regarding “The Science of Decision Making” presented by a distinguished faculty of social science experts and a panel of Arizona Fellows.  The Arizona Fellows panel consisted of Diane Lucas, Pat McGroder, Georgia Staton, Joseph Mais and Tom Henze. The presenters included: John Campbell, JD; David Yokum, JD, PhD; Chrhistopher Robertson, JD; PhD Bernard Chao, JD; and Jessica Salerno, PhD.  The seminar was held at the Phoenix Convention Center and was attended by around 150 people, while many others participated via a live webcast. The materials from the seminar should be available on the ACTL website in the very near future.  Following the CLE, the Arizona Fellows hosted a reception at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, followed by a weekend meeting. The reception and dinner on Saturday night included a video tribute to five recently deceased Arizona Fellows. All who attended agreed that this tribute was beautiful and touching. The Arizona Fellows were honored that Regent Bob Warford and Treasurer Jeff Leon attended and shared time with them. All in all, this was a successful, educational and most enjoyable weekend. 
The Arizona Fellows have a new site dedicated to the Arizona Chapter.  The web address is: http://azactl.com/ 
District of Columbia Committee Continues Work with Area Law School Communities
In April, as part of its continuing effort to reach out to the local law school communities, the District of Columbia State Committee, along with the American University School of Law, sponsored a discussion on “Leaks and the Law.” The panel featured Matt Apuzzo, a highly regarded reporter with the New York Times, who has himself been the subject of Department of Justice subpoenas in leak investigations; Stan Brand, a well-known white collar defense attorney at Akin Gump; and John Kiriakou, a former Central Intelligence Agency executive who wound up being charged in a leak investigation. The discussion focused on the debate between the societal benefits of leaks in informing the public about their government’s secret operations and the potential harm to national security that may result from the same leaks, and how the law has tried to deal with those conflicting policies.  It was a spirited discussion and well-attended by members of the College, along with other D.C. attorneys and American University law students.
Federal Civil Procedure Committee Urges Changes to Federal Civil Litigation
Frank Silvestri, Jr., Chair of the Federal Civil Procedure Committee, on behalf of the entire Committee and supported by the Board of Regents, recently sent a letter to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary urging that the Rules Enabling Process, rather than direct legislation such as H.R. 985, be utilized to effect changes to procedures in federal civil litigation. H.R. 985, if enacted, would change significantly the operation of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23. The Committee cited the views of Judge David Campbell, Chair of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States and Judge John Bates, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. The support of the College has been well-received when weighing in on such matters. The eBulletin will keep you posted on developments.  
Ohio State Committee Works With State Bar Association, Creates Civil Justice Task Force
In the late summer of 2015, the Litigation Section of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) decided to review Ohio's rules of civil procedure, in part due to the recent adoption of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Through then-Ohio State Committee Chair John Holshuh, the Ohio State Committee expressed an interest and willingness to participate in the project, to introduce principles from the College's report, Reforming Our Civil Justice System: A Report On  Progress and Promise. Fellow Tom Green was asked to coordinate with the OSBA.  An initial committee of three was formed, OSBA representative Martin Foos, Esq., judicial representative the Honorable Michael W. Krumholz (Judicial Fellow) and Green as representative of the College. Those 3 invited 21 other attorneys and judges from around Ohio to participate, forming a committee of 24, which includes four additional Fellows and one additional Judicial Fellow. The College is well-represented with 7 of the 24 participants. The committee formed subcommittees to address 6 different issues. Once the initial spadework was completed, the entire committee has met every several months and worked through many iterations of proposed changes to the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. Among other changes, the committee is seeking to introduce the concept of "proportionality" to Ohio's rules, and to increase the amount of interaction among counsel in setting workable timetables and reasonable discovery for all civil matters.  There are changes proposed to 9 of Ohio's rules. The committee has been assisted by representatives of the Ohio Judicial College and the Ohio Supreme Court. The expectation is that the final draft will be sent to the Supreme Court's rules committee in June 2017, for comment, initial public review and consideration of any proposed changes. The process will continue through adoption of one or more proposed amendments to be effective July 1, 2018.  
Oklahoma State Committee Planning 2018 Meeting in Mexico, Sends White Paper to College Presidents
The Oklahoma State Committee is planning its next state meeting for February 8-11, 2018 in San Pancho, Mexico. Contact State Committee Chair James A. Kirk, Kirk@KirkandChaney.com, with any questions. In support of the White Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations, 25 presidents of colleges and universities in Oklahoma were sent the white paper.
Pennsylvania Fellows Strengthen Bond Between College, Public Interest Bar
On March 21, 2017, Fellows Joseph C. Crawford, John P. McShea III and Timothy R. Lawn and Pennsylvania State Committee Vice Chair Catherine M. Recker made presentations at the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s Regional Training Seminar in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is a consortium of agencies and programs that provide legal representation in civil litigation matters to low income individuals and families throughout Pennsylvania. The public interest lawyers from the various organizations that make up the PLAN network get involved in, among other things, securing Veterans’ benefits, fighting wrongful evictions, advocating for farm workers and protecting low income earners from wage theft.  Noted civil trial attorney and now Judicial Fellow, Gerald A. McHugh Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania served as Chair of the Board of PLAN while in private practice. He has encouraged Fellows in Pennsylvania to not only financially support the excellent work done by these public service agencies, but to also become actively involved with assisting in the training and development of PLAN lawyers across the Commonwealth. Crawford and Recker gave a 90-minute presentation on negotiation skills, during which they shared advice and suggestions on how to effectively resolve cases through negotiation. McShea gave a 60-minute presentation on conducting direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses. Lawn gave a 60-minute presentation on effective trial advocacy techniques. Before preparing their materials and making their presentations, the Fellows discussed with PLAN’s Executive Director and Training Coordinator the negotiation and litigation issues commonly faced by legal aid lawyers in their network. Each year PLAN surveys their members to learn what litigation issues they are facing in their practices. The Fellows’ presentations at the training seminar were tailored to address the issues these public interest lawyers face, which are not the issues the Fellows see in their respective practices. For instance, Recker and Crawford spent considerable time addressing the ethical dilemmas presented in negotiating with unrepresented opposing parties and in negotiating cases where legal aid programs have a statutory right to receive an attorneys’ fee. McShea’s presentation was designed towards examining expert witnesses that public interest lawyers see in their practices; such as a child’s treating physicians and psychologists. In his presentation Lawn discussed the importance of developing sound case themes, and tailoring persuasion and advocacy skills to the finder of fact for that particular setting; be it a jury, administrative law judge or arbitrator. All three sessions were designed to be interactive and encouraged questions from the attendees. The result was lively question and answer formats that covered issues important to these lawyers, and went far beyond the prepared written materials. The goal envisioned by Judge McHugh, and shared by these Fellows, is the College’s assistance in providing interesting seminars and insight to less experienced public interest lawyers will help them in their representation of the less fortunate members of our society.
Court Acknowledges Problems In Veterans' Appeal of Denial of Benefits
The Special Problems in the Administration of Justice (U.S.) Committee is seeing movement in its  challenge to the delay in processing appeals of the denial of veterans benefits. The Federal Circuit has reversed the Court of Veterans Claims (CAVC), holding that it has the power to consider class actions in Monk, a case filed by the Yale Veterans Law Clinic. This encouraging to cases pending in the Federal Circuit. The Court cited  many of the same delay statistics the Committee use ("veterans who filed an NOD (notice of disagreement) waited an average of 330 days before receiving a Statement of the Case”; veterans “waited an average of 681 days for the VA to certify appeals to the board”; and  “on average, about four years of delay between filing an NOD and receiving a final agency decision”). The opinion recognizes the CAVC-VA game of mooting petitions for mandamus by taking some action in the case and rejects the VA’s mootness formulation. The Court relies on average delays which the CAVC had said are speculative. All appeals are docketed in the Federal Circuit. The Committee expects to file briefs in late June or early July.   
Task Force Recognized in Chronicle of Higher Education
The work of the Task Force on the Response of Universities and Colleges to Allegations of Sexual Violence continues to receive attention from the higher education audience.  A commentary written by Regent Elizabeth N. Mulvey, a member of the Task Force, appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Click here to read the article.
Texas Fellows Offer First-Time CLE - Ethics & Litigation: A Radically Different Approach
For the first time, the Texas Fellows will offer an all-day Ethics Litigation CLE program on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas. The program, “Ethics and Litigation: A Radically Different Approach”, will consist of real-life trial demonstrations conducted by widely known lawyers and ethics experts. Attendance will be limited to ACTL Fellows and lawyers from their firms. The cost is $250, and six hours of ethics CLE credit will be provided. Agenda and more details to come.  
West Virginia Fellows Meet With Law School Dean To Discuss Strengthening Ties
West Virginia Fellows met with the dean of the West Virginia University College of Law to discuss how to strengthen ties between the two organizations. The discussion took place May 20, 2017 at the West Virginia Fellows Meeting at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs. Fellow Marc Williams said in an interview with The West Virginia Record the College "does a lot of service work for the advancement of the profession in terms of educating younger lawyers; trying to instill in younger lawyers the importance of our civil and criminal justice system and; how jury trials are important; how being a trial lawyer is an important calling and; to improve the skill level of younger lawyers. So one of the things that we talked about at this meeting was how we can achieve those ends and what our plans might be to try to advance those goals." Click here to read the article.
2017 Annual Meeting
Montréal, QC
September 14-17, 2017
Western Chairs Workshop
Laguna Niguel, CA
October 12-15, 2017  

Eastern Chairs Workshop
Amelia Island, FL
October 26-29, 2017


Northeast Regional Meeting
St. Andrews, NB
June 16-18, 2017

Tenth Circuit Regional Meeting
Wichita, KS
August 17-20, 2017

Northwest Regional Meeting
Sun Valley, ID
August 24-27, 2017


Ontario Fellows Dinner
Toronto, ON
June 8, 2017

Washington D.C. Fellows Dinner
Washington, D.C.
June 9, 2017

Kentucky Fellows Dinner Owensboro, KY
June 21, 2017  

South Dakota Fellows Meeting Rapid City, SD
June 21-23, 2017  

Texas Fellows Summer Luncheon
Dallas, Texas
June 23, 2017

Colorado Fellows Dinner
Cherry Hills Village, CO
July 15, 2017

Minnesota Fellows Dinner
Minneapolis, MN
July 25, 2017
Mark your calendar now to attend one of the College’s upcoming gatherings.

More events can be viewed on the College website.

Click here for the Events Calendar.
John P. Gilligan
Stephen M. Grant, LSM
of Toronto, Ontario was presented with the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Family Law in Memory of James G. McLeod. 
Edwin A. Harnden
of Portland, Oregon has been awarded the 2017 American Bar Association (ABA) Grassroots Advocacy Award for his outstanding commitment to the justice system, the advancement of access to justice and the legal profession.  
Thomas John Hurney, Jr.
of Charleston, West Virginia was elected President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) at its annual meeting in Nashville April 2017.
E. Stewart Jones, Jr.
of Troy, New York was honored with the New York State Bar Association’s 2017 Attorney Professionalism Award at its Annual Meeting in January.  
Eduardo R. Rodriguez
of Brownsville, Texas has been selected to receive the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit .  
Charles W. Schwartz
Sopinka Cup, March 17-18: President Bart Dalton and his wife Eileen traveled to Ottawa, Canada for the final rounds of the annual Sopinka Cup, the national trial advocacy competition,and presented the College awards. This year’s victors were from the University of Saskatchewan. Earlier in the day, President Dalton and Treasurer Jeff Leon had the additional pleasure of attending a ceremony involving the Stanley Cup, the most coveted award in Canadian sport.  

New York, March 22: Over 100 Fellows and guests met at the Century Association in Manhattan for this annual event. New York has provided several College Presidents of the College, and two Past Presidents from New York, Bob Fiske and Mike Cooper, attended as well as Chilton Davis Varner. The highlight of the dinner was the presentation of the Leon Silverman Award to Federal District Judge John Keenan. Judge Keenan offered brief and witty remarks, but was clearly touched by being given this honor.  

National Trial Competition, March 24-26: Returning from New York with enough time to change clothes, President Dalton traveled to Fort Worth, Texas to assist in judging the finals of the National Trial Competition. He also presided at the final trial. This year’s winner was the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University and the runner-up was Georgetown University Law Center. Best oralist was Amarto Bhattacharyya of Georgetown. This competition–and the National Trial Competition Committee that supports it–is a very important part of the College mission.  

North Carolina, March 23-26: The laws of physics instruct us that one cannot be in two places at the same time. The practical result of this is that while President Dalton was in New York and Texas, President-Elect Sam Franklin and his wife Betty traveled to North Carolina for the annual meeting of North Carolina Fellows. Some 60 Fellows and guests convened at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate in Ashville for most of three days. This meeting combines CLE and social events, including the annual update of appellate decisions by Fellow Leslie Packer. A highlight of the event was a discussion of the ongoing power struggle between the governor and the legislature that is now in the courts. The discussion was led by Fellows Eddie Speas and John Wester.
Quebec, March 30: President Dalton practiced 3 sentences in French, all apologizing for his inability to speak the language, as he offered remarks to around 60 Fellows and guests at the dinner for Quebec Fellows. Highlights included a talk by Hon. Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec, who discussed Canada and its place in the new world order. The dinner was a wonderful event in a beautiful city, Montréal, host city for the College’s 2017 Annual Meeting in September 
Maine, April 2: To paraphrase Daniel Webster, “Maine is a small state, but there are those who love it.” The Maine Fellows Dinner was attended by 30 or so Fellows and guests, including Past President Ralph Lancaster. A highlight of the evening was a presentation on the immense contributions of deceased Fellow Peter DeTroy.  

Virginia, April 7-9: The annual meeting of the Virginia Fellows is a weekend affair that combines continuing legal education with a lively social program. President Dalton joined approximately 70 Fellows and guests for the weekend. After the dinner, he offered remarks, updating attendees on current issues in the College and providing a recap of the many initiatives begun by Past President Mike Smith.

Sixth Circuit Regional Meeting, Kentucky, April 21-22: Close to 80 Fellows and guests were part of the festivities and fellowship. It began with a Friday dinner at Portofino’s in Lexington and continued on Saturday morning with a professional program. The program featured talks from a Civil War historian, a trustee from Keeneland and a bourbon taste testing. President Dalton correctly guessed 2 out of the 4  blind samples. Evening cocktails and dinner rounded out the meeting, where President Dalton recognized deceased Former Regent John Famularo and his wife, Karen who attended the weekend activities.  

Arizona, April 28-30: Treasurer Jeff Leon represented the College during the Arizona Spring Meeting at Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale. Prior to the opening cocktail reception, the Arizona Fellows held a full-day CLE program at the Phoenix Convention Center on “The Science of Decision-Making: Persuading Judges and Juries,” which was organized by Fellow Ted Schmidt. Around 25 Fellows and guests jointed the cocktail reception at the resort, including Arizona State Committee Chair Peter Akmajian, Arizona State Committee Vice Chair Georgia Staton, Regent Bob Warford and Former Regent Bill Sandweg. Treasurer Leon’s Canada-U.S. flag pin was well-received. The business meeting commenced Saturday morning, including a presentation on the newly completed Arizona Fellows website, spearheaded by former State Committee Chair Reid Garrey. Treasurer Leon provided remarks on behalf of President Dalton. Saturday’s closing reception and dinner, held at the top of the resort, provided sweeping views of the area and was highlighted by a video paying tribute to 5 recently deceased Fellows.    

Maryland, April 29: Approximately 90 Fellows and guests showed up for the Maryland Fellows dinner at Manor Country Club. Regent Bill Murphy and Former Regents Al Brault and Paul Bekman were also in attendance. The main speaker was Fellow and former White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, who provided remarks on his experience in a question-and-answer format with Murphy. As evidenced by the evening’s turnout, the Maryland Fellows are a strong chapter.   
National Trial Competition Award Ceremony, May 2: A ceremony honoring the Northwestern University Law School, the winning team at the National Trial Competition, was held at the law school in Evanston, Illinois. President Dalton, on request from the team coach, repeated some of the remarks he gave in Fort Worth, Texas after the competition. Around 60 people attended the ceremony, including the Chief Judge of the Federal Court, many current and former students and coaches, and Past President Bob Byman. The ceremony is an important way for the College to be represented and is a strong show of support for these college competitions.    
Alabama, May 4: President-Elect Franklin represented the College at the newly reformatted Alabama Fellows Dinner, held at the Scene at Pepper Place in Birmingham. Nearly 50 Fellows, spouses and guests were in attendance. Georgia State Committee Chair Rick Deane and Past Georgia State Committee Chair Pat O’Connor also attended to make a brief presentation on the upcoming 2018 Tri-State Regional Meeting, which will be held in Savannah, Georgia. The pre-dinner program included recognizing the one eligible inductee in attendance followed by Past President Warren Lightfoot offering a few remarks on President-Elect Franklin. President-Elect Franklin spoke briefly on the College’s diversity efforts and the enhanced efforts to improve communications with Fellows throughout the year.    

Southern California, May 5: The Southern California Fellows Dinner was held at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles and was a black-tie affair. Built in 1929, the Club offered views of the downtown area while cocktails were enjoyed outside. About 80 Fellows and guests attended, including Former Regent Paul and Michele Meyer, Regent Bob Warford, Southern California Committee Vice Chair Kevin Brogan and Southern California Committee Chair Tom Malcolm, who is clearly respected by the entire group. Malcolm introduced the new inductees before dinner while President Dalton provided remarks after dinner. The fellowship in Southern California is in good shape.  

Missouri, May 5-6: While President Dalton was in California (and then on to Michigan), President-Elect Franklin traveled to Big Cedar Resort in Branson, Missouri for the Missouri Annual Fellows Retreat. The resort, which is called America’s “Premier Wilderness” Resort, is a spectacular venue located in the Ozarks and was owned and developed by Johnny Morris, the founder and owner of Bass Pro Shops. The meeting commenced with a Friday evening cocktail reception. About 28 Fellows, along with numerous spouses and guests, were in attendance along with Regent Kathleen Flynn Peterson, Former Regent Mike and Rondi Kinney and Missouri State Committee Chair Brent Baldwin. The Saturday business meeting last around three hours and included two speakers. Retired Circuit Judge Charlie Atwell discussed “How to Deal with a Difficult Judge” and Fellow Kevin O’Malley, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland who spoke at the College’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, gave remarks on his diplomatic service. The Saturday evening dinner started with a sunset cocktail reception. President-Elect Franklin spoke before dinner. He reviewed the changing demographics in the College and the College’s diversity efforts; efforts at improved and more extensive communications among Fellows; and the “Power of an Hour” campaign and the importance of contributing. The camaraderie and community was evident among the Fellows and other attendees.  

Michigan, May 6: Leaving California at 7 a.m., the Daltons headed to Michigan, arriving at 5:00 p.m. in time to head to the Michigan Spring Black Tie Dinner at 6:00 p.m. The event was held at the Meijer Gardens, a beautiful facility that features extensive gardens and a sculpture park. Approximately 60 Fellows and guests turned out, including Regent Kathleen and Buzz Trafford and Michigan State Committee Chair Tom McCarthy. Cocktails were served in a greenhouse followed by dinner within the Gardens complex. President Dalton heard from several Fellows about the White Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations, who expressed appreciation that the College was willing to take on this topic.  

Alberta, May 10: Secretary Doug Young traveled to Calgary for the Alberta Province Fellows dinner. The Edmonton Fellows, who hosted last year’s dinner, made the nearly three-hour trip down to Calgary together in a limousine. The dinner was held at the Ranchmen’s Club, a venerable meeting place that was founded in 1891 as a private social club by seven ranchers, a banker and a barrister, who called themselves “The Pack of Western Wolves.” Approximately 30 attended the Fellows only dinner. Province Committee Chair David Wachowich gave opening remarks, then introduced Mona Duckett as the new Regent for the Province. Secretary Young spoke on the College’s outreach on issues of judicial independence, the white papers on indigent defense and investigations of campus sex abuse allegations, communications and the need to address diversity within the College. The Alberta Province is in capable hands, and the Fellows are enthusiastic to see Jeff Leon become President-Elect at the fall meeting in Montreal.  

Connecticut, May 11: The Connecticut State Dinner was a Fellows only affair in New Haven. Over 40 Fellows attended, including Connecticut State Committee Chair John Houlihan, Regent Ritchie Berger, Former Regent Trudie Hamilton and Federal Civil Procedure Committee Chair Frank Silvestri, Jr. The cocktail hour allowed for President Dalton to visit with most of the Fellows before dinner where he offered remarks on the themes of communication and diversity. Following dinner, Mike Koskoff spoke on the movie he wrote the screenplay for and how it was able to get made by a studio. The movie, Marshall, is the story of famous rape case that place in Connecticut where Thurgood Marshall was defense counsel. It is set to be released in October. Good leadership and good fellowship can be found in Connecticut.    
The following Fellows have been elevated to the bench in their respective jurisdictions.

Norman Douglas Boxall
Ottawa, Ontario
Effective March 1, 2017
Ontario Court of Justice

John J.L. Hunter, Q.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Effective April 13, 2017
Court of Appeals for British Columbia and the Court of Appeal for Yukon  

The College extends congratulations to these Judicial Fellows. 
The College has been notified of the passing of the Fellows listed below. The date after each name notes the year of induction into the College, and the date following the state or province is the date of his or her passing. A tribute to each will appear in the In Memoriam section of a subsequent issue of the Journal.

Lanny Boone Bridgers, ’92, Atlanta, Georgia, May 6, 2017

John Mitchell Cobeaga, ’97, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 24, 2017

Richard Ashley Farrier, Jr., ’14, Charleston, South Carolina, March 24, 2017

James D. Foliart, ’69, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 8, 2017

Noel M. Ferris, ’73, Sacramento, California, May 21, 2017

William Roger Fry, ’95, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2, 2017

Paul J. Geragos, ’83, a Fellow Emeritus, Los Angeles, California, October 21, 2016

Rt. Hon. Lord Robert Goff, ’97, Honorary Fellow, Cambridge, England

George F. Gore, ’84, a Fellow Emeritus, Avon, Ohio, April 11, 2017

Gordon Christopher Greene, ’78, a Fellow Emeritus, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 14, 2017

Edward Stephen Halsey, ’81, a Fellow Emeritus, Newcastle, Wyoming, January 28, 2017  

Charles C. Hileman, III, ’88, a Fellow Emeritus, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1, 2017

Hon. James Clinkscales Hill, ’71, a Judicial Fellow, Jacksonville, Florida, March 31, 2017

William R. Jones, Jr., ’85, Phoenix, Arizona, May 7, 2017

Hon. Frederick Bernard Lacey, ’91, a Fellow Emeritus, Newark, New Jersey, April 1, 2017

William Celestine Murphy, ’80, Aurora, Illinois, November 26, 2016

Gustave H. Newman, ’96, a Fellow Emeritus, New York, New York, May 2017 

Paul W. Painter, Jr., ’92, Savannah, Georgia, May 27, 2017

Lionel H. Perlo, ’82, Boston, Massachusetts, February 27, 2017

John Joseph Quinn, ’76, Los Angeles, California, March 26, 2017

Paul Allen Rosen, ’93, Southfield, Michigan, December 3, 2016

Gerald Robert Schmelzer, ’80, a Fellow Emeritus, Coronado, California, March 11, 2017

John Jerome Swenson, ’96, Los Angeles, California, November 17, 2016

Melvin J. Sykes, 73, Baltimore, Maryland, May 22, 2017 

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